St Patrick’s Day

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Happy St Patrick’s Day Everyone!! I’m making the traditional corned beef dinner tonight with some green vanilla pudding for dessert, just for the fun of it. I don’t think I have any Irish in me but thought I’d have some fun on this day. Fun has been hard to come by around here lately with all the sickness we’ve had so I’m doing it up today. No telling what might come our way tomorrow!

Are you doing anything special for St Patty’s day?


Newest Project

I am hoping to transform this…….


Into something like this……..


Keeping in mind that I am not a gardener this is going to be quite the challenge for me. I do not have a green thumb and to make matters worse I hate the feel of dirt under my finger nails. No I am not some prissy girl who’s afraid of getting dirty or breaking a fingernail…far from that! I just don’t like the feel of sand and dirt under my finger nails, it gives me the heeby-jeebies! I know use gloves..that doesn’t work either.

At any rate, the plants were ordered and arrived. I planted them 2 days ago. My neighbors probably were wondering what in the world was going on because every 10 minutes you could hear me quite loudly proclaim…”Ughhhh!!  I hate dirt under my fingernails!!!” That deed is done but I still have the front shade garden to plant.

Wish me luck. Like I said I am not a gardener. So why am I doing this? I think the older I get the more I am becoming like my Mother..ohh gosh I can’t believe I said that, that’s worse than dirt under my fingernails!! 🙂

Maybe I am appreciating the beauty that surrounds us and want some of it in my own yard. All that has been in my yard for years are toys, toys, toys, and more toys. And also now that all the kids are in school I have a few extra minutes of free time to devote to some of God’s beauty. And I love a challenge!

We’ll see what happens. Now the stuff just needs to grow! How long does it take for the stuff to sprout? It’s like been forever now!!

Our Highlight of the Day

The highlight of mine and Tom’s day was not watching a good movie, a romantic walk on the beach, nor a quiet dinner for two somewhere. No, the highlight of mine and Tom’s day was watching in awe the first wash cycle in my brand new washing machine. I know pretty sad huh? But it was really cool! We have had our other washing machine for about 12 or 13 years now. It’s been a great washing machine, still works great. But I have wanted a bigger, better, and more powerful machine (Tim the tool man grunts here) for awhile. With 5 of us in the house I do a lot of laundry and now this thing will allow me to do laundry in half the time, with half the energy, with a quarter of the water the other one used, with also a quarter of the noise. And it has some cool buttons on it. Gotta love that.

Now the best part of this is that this particular machine retails at a particular store for over $1000.00. We got this machine for $500.00 at said store only because it had a few scratches on the front of it. Do I care about a few scratches? Ohh no! I mean it’s not like it’s the focal point of my house where everyone who comes in is going to see it and gasp. To me it gives it character not to mention it’s already scarred so I don’t have to get mad at anybody for scratching my new machine.

Now all I need is the matching dryer to help speed up my laundry process even more. You don’t suppose I could go to the store and drag a key over one…ohhh I’m kidding come on!! God blessed me with this machine and I have no doubt that He will bless me with a really cool dryer too.

By the way, if you know of anyone who needs a washing machine let me know, the old one still works great.

The Mom Song

Found this and thought it was perfect for all of us Mothers. It rings so true for me…lately this seems to be how my life is all the time. The lyrics are below.

This is Anita Renfro, she is a speaker at the Women of Faith Conferences. And this is the Mom Song sung to William Tell Overture. Turn up your speakers and Enjoy 🙂

The lyrics:

Get up now
Get up now
Get up out of bed
Wash your face
Brush your teeth
Comb your sleepyhead
Here’s your clothes and your shoes
Hear the words I said
Get up now!
Get up and make your bed
Are you hot?
Are you cold?
Are you wearing that?
Where’s your books and your lunch and your homework at?
Grab your coat and gloves and your scarf and hat
Don’t forget!
You gotta feed the cat
Eat your breakfast, the experts tell us it’s the most important meal of all
Take your vitamins so you will grow up one day to be big and tall
Please remember the orthodontist will be seeing you at 3 today
Don’t forget your piano lesson is this afternoon so you must play
Don’t shovel
Chew slowly
But hurry
The bus is here
Be careful
Come back here
Did you wash behind your ears?
Play outside, don’t play rough, will you just play fair?
Be polite, make a friend, don’t forget to share
Work it out, wait your turn, never take a dare
Get along!
Don’t make me come down there
Clean your room, fold your clothes, put your stuff away
Make your bed, do it now, do we have all day?
Were you born in a barn?
Would you like some hay?
Can you even hear a word I say?
Answer the phone!
Get off the phone!
Don’t sit so close, turn it down, no texting at the table
No more computer time tonight!
Your iPod’s my iPod if you don’t listen up
Where are you going and with whom and what time do you think you’re coming home?
Saying thank you, please, excuse me makes you welcome everywhere you roam
You’ll appreciate my wisdom someday when you’re older and you’re grown
Can’t wait till you have a couple little children of your own
You’ll thank me for the counsel
I gave you so willingly
But right now I thank you not to roll your eyes at me
Close your mouth when you chew, would appreciate
Take a bite maybe two of the stuff you hate
Use your fork, do not burp or I’ll set you straight
Eat the food I put upon your plate
Get an A, get the door, don’t get smart with me
Get a grip, get in here, I’ll count to three
Get a job, get a life, get a PHD
Get a dose of,
“I don’t care who started it!
You’re grounded until you’re 36”
Get your story straight and tell the truth for once, for heaven’s sake
And if all your friends jumped off a cliff would you jump, too?
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said at least a thousand times before
That you’re too old to act this way
It must be your father’s DNA
Look at me when I am talking
Stand up straighter when you walk
A place for everything and everything must be in place
Stop crying or I’ll give you something real to cry about
Brush your teeth, wash your face, put your PJs on
Get in bed, get a hug, say a prayer with mom
Don’t forget, I love you
And tomorrow we will do this all again because a mom’s work never ends
You don’t need the reason why
Because, because, because, because
I said so, I said so, I said so, I said so
I’m the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom, the mom!!
Ta da!!!

Another Round

I know I’ve been MIA here on blogging for the past two weeks but there is a reason. Sickness is the reason.  

Yes, we’ve experienced another round of sickness at the Montagno household. It started two weeks ago today when Matthew woke up in the middle of the night vomiting. He was out of school for two days with a stomach virus. Jenna was home one day that week also but she wasn’t really sick. Then that Friday Thomas came home from school running a fever and not feeling good. Thomas actually ran a fever for 7 days straight anywhere between 100 and 103.3 degrees. Took him to the Dr on Tuesday. Rapid strep came back negative but was positive for the flu. By Thursday he was not getting better as a matter of fact he was getting worse so I called his Dr. Ironic you’re calling us they said because we were getting ready to call you. Thomas’ culture came back positive for strep. I was very much relieved, not because he had strep but that at least we knew why he wasn’t getting any better. By Friday night with antibiotics in him he was feeling much better. Today I can happily say after a full week out of school he is back in school today. But unhappily I have Matthew home from school today complaining of a stomach ache and a sore throat and has a nasty cough coming on. Yesterday he wasn’t feeling good either. He was tired all day and had a sore throat. I am hoping it’s just a cold coming on, ok, maybe wishful thinking, but this stuff has got to stop sometime right? This has been the absolute worst year of sickness ever for us. I know we are not the only ones who have had this mess of sickness. Matthew’s teacher last week said that everyday for a week there has been 3-4 children out of class. What is going on this year??? What is up with all this sickness? It’s not contained to NC either. My sister in Traverse City, Michigan has told me about her grand-kids being sick with the same kinds of stuff all winter. My cousin in Nebraska and her family have battled with the same kinds of sickness also. So what gives? I know I am pretty tired of it all. My kids have missed a lot of school this winter. I have prayed, anointed the house, bleached the house, you name it I’ve done it. If you can suggest anything else I am open to it!! I want my house and family rid of all sickness.

Thomas missed his last basketball game, his awards ceremony, we missed our small group meeting…again, we missed Duane’s surprise party, we all missed church yesterday, I am lacking in good rest, behind on many things, the list goes on all because of this sickness.

We have 21 days and we leave on vacation. We simply can’t miss that!! I need a vacation!!